Here are the best places to fish in the Sacramento region, Northern California and beyond for the week of June 13, 2016.
Mike Nielsen at Tahoe Topliners Sportfishing had a heck of a week catching 15 macks over 10 pounds, including a 24 pounder. He was trolling and jigging at South Shore in 145 to 220 feet of water. Zach Gordon at Tahoe Sportfishing reported their whole fleet was fishing daily and catching limits of 3- to 5-pound macks mooching live bait from South Shore to Rubicon at 180 to 240 feet deep. Chuck Self at Chuck’s Charter Fishing reported catching easy limits of 3- to 8-pound macks trolling at Flick Point to Kings Beach at 180 to 220 feet deep. He reported clients lost 2 big fish trying to horse them up out of deep water - you have to listen to the guide.
Flows dropped to 3,890 cfs last week. Shad fishing remains best near the Sunrise bridge and Sailor Bar, where fishing has been best the last three hours before dark. A few big stripers have been caught in the past week. Tiny lead-headed jigs with chartreuse grubs, or red and white shad darts, have been working best for shad. Minnow imitations are best for stripers.
Some shad are still being caught near Shanghai Bend. Shad fishing is better on the Yuba, where tiny chartreuse grubs fished with 1/16-ounce red dartheads are producing. Anglers are catching plenty of stripers on pile worms and jumbo minnows, but nearly all are shakers and must be released. A few bigger fish are being caught in the evenings on swimbaits. Water levels are good on the Feather.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Sacramento
Shad are being caught on the outgoing tide at Discovery Park. Fishing was better last week with an improved tide cycle. A few stripers are still around, but many anglers are now waiting for salmon season to begin. Salmon season opens July 16. Catfish are being caught in the sloughs and ditches around Sacramento.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Verona to Colusa
Small stripers are still being caught at Colusa, Tisdale, Knight’s Landing and Verona. Jumbo minnows, swimbaits and pile worms are tricking what’s left of the spring striper run. There are still lots of shakers. Catfish also are being caught near the wing dams below Verona, as well as the Sutter Bypass and at Knight’s Landing, as well as the Butte Creek Slough. Salmon season opens July 16.
NORTH COAST RIVERS
CHETCO RIVER, Brookings, Ore.
Anchovies and smelt have shown up in the Port of Brookings. The river is open to trout fishing, with some sea-run cutthroat being caught on spinners in the early morning hours before swimmers hit the river. Flows on Sunday were 204 cfs.
ROGUE RIVER, Gold Beach, Ore.
Spring salmon fishing remains slow. Water temperatures are in the mid-60s, but with flows over 3,000 cfs it will be some time before salmon begin to hold in the bay. Fishing for red-tail surfperch has been good off the sandspit along the south jetty.
ROGUE RIVER, Grants Pass to Shady Cove, Ore.
Salmon fishing continues to be slow on the Rogue. Mostly wild fish are being caught on back-bounced roe with sand shrimp or sardine-wrapped Kwikfish, said Troy Whitaker at U-Save Tackle in Grants Pass. Most lakes continue to produce the best fishing action with trout hitting well. Diamond Lake anglers are trolling Needlefish or Wicked lures behind small flashers, 10 to 20 feet deep. Power Baits are working for stillfishermen. Most lakes are producing good trout action on trolled Wedding Rings. Bass anglers are using Senkos rigged wacky for largemouth bass. Smallmouth are hitting crankbaits. Applegate Lake is good for trout anglers trolling Wedding Rings, or bait anglers using Power Baits or Pautzke’s.
Things are starting to move into the typical summer holding pattern, with good smallmouth bass action and lots of swimmers and kayakers. The American shad fishing has slowed a bit with fish still being caught at Johnsons Beach and in Monte Rio. The mouth closed off for about a week, so hopefully once it flushes, some new fish come in. Water flows are hovering around 200 cfs with temps in the low 70s due to all the warm weather, according to Scott Heemstra of Kings Sport and Tackle in Guerneville.
The river is slowly dropping to summer levels, falling to 636 cfs over the weekend. The few anglers on the water are throwing small Rooster Tail spinners for sea-run cutthroat trout.
KLAMATH RIVER, Hornbrook
The salmon fly hatch has begun, sparking a hot bite for steelhead and resident rainbows. Flows from Iron Gate Dam held steady at 1,260 cfs last week. Nightcrawlers fished below divers, small plugs, and flies all are working.
KLAMATH RIVER, Happy Camp
Flows Sunday at Seiad Valley dropped to 2,180 cfs last week, good for trout and steelhead fishing.
KLAMATH RIVER, Klamath Glen
Flows on Sunday at Terwer were 7,930 cfs. Spring salmon fishing was fair last week. Tribal netters reported catching springers, while the few guides anchoring and running spinners had their best catches of the season last week.
The river is still too high for effective spring salmon fishing, with flows expected around 2,500 cfs the middle of this week. Tim Brady of Trinity Outdoors in Weaverville said ideal flows for salmon bank fishing are around 1,000 cfs. That isn’t expected until mid-July. Some drift boaters are catching brown trout on Rapalas cast toward the shoreline.
NORTH COAST LAKES
Soft plastics have been good for bass, although they are mostly still small. Jigs and topwater baits were also good since the bass are spread out and you’ll have to cover some ground. In the meantime you’ll find action on crappie with mini-jigs or cut bait for catfish as the lake transitions into the summer bite.
Target primary and secondary points mostly in and around the Big Island for bass. Ricos, Gunfish or Sammy’s in shad patterns thrown early and late produced bass coming off beds. Crappie can be found on jigs and tubes off shallow points and in the coves. A big group of kokanee were found but trollers couldn’t get them to go. They were hanging from 50 to 60 feet deep. Trout ranged from 16 to 22 inches with the best depths being 25 to 40 feet using RMT dodgers, Apex spoons, RMT Serpent spoons and red Pautzke Fire Corn soaked in garlic oil.
Insect hatches were going off and both the trout and bass responded although wind made it a little more of a challenge. Late spring time can produce some of the best bites here.
This fishery continues to kick out great reports week after week. Spring is a wonderful time to fish here and the trout are eager to whack your flies. Midges and small mayfly nymphs fished under small dry flies or indicators are always a good way to go. There are a few really big browns in the lake, too. Try fishing one of Jay Fair's Burnt Orange Wiggle Tails or Zack's Swimming Leech. The east side is a worthwhile spot to cast your fly. Bring your pontoon boat, pram, driftboat or float tube. Get on the water early for best dry fly chances.
Try the Mill and Bucks creeks arms for brown and rainbow trout or open water for kokes and macks. Fish here and you’ll have the place to yourself.
It’s been slow, but cooler weather coming up should help. Trout to 3 1/2 pounds were caught mostly on Sure Catch’s Red Dogs but switch them up and move around in the shallows.
The bite is picking up now and callibaetis are showing up towards the confluence with the Tule River as well as caddis in the afternoon and evenings. The Trico hatch and spinner fall have started. You will find some bigger fish sipping down below Circle 7 in the mornings. A good PMD hatch has been going on by the confluence of Spring Creek in the early morning. When the fall tapers, the hatch begins. The Hex have begun showing with a few here and there in the evening. By mid-month the hatch should be going strong.
Fishing well, although the golden stones are tapering off, but the warming temperatures should see some salmon flies popping off more consistently over the next week. Caddis will become increasingly popular with the rainbows here with the warming weather. Throw some cinnamon pupas or a brown Micro May under a Rogue stone in salmon fly. Swinging leeches and streamers is a proven technique anytime here on the Hat Creek.
IRON CANYON RESERVOIR
All the reports indicate good fishing conditions, although the water level can fluctuate quite a bit this time of year. Ideally look for lower water levels that result in the best fishing. Road conditions are in good shape so this a great option for a weekend getaway right now.
It has been fishing well and with the Lower Sacramento flows at 8,000 cfs, there are plenty of spots to find fish eating small mayflies, midges and caddis. If you go, be careful as the flows can come up or down rapidly leaving previously hidden obstacles in your way.
The McCloud is in great shape with some of the best visibility seen to date. The flows into the lake have been hovering around 400 cfs, with slight daily thawing bumps. The warming temperatures should have the salmon flies and golden stones coming off in greater numbers soon. MDs and some caddis hatches have been spotted with best chances for fishing dries coming near sunset.
It continues to fish well and green drakes can be seen coming in some locations. In other areas, the evening caddis hatches are picking up. Try stonefly patterns, salmon flies and goldens on top and down below. You can get some fish to take dries in surprisingly slow water.
Head to the Goose Neck for an early start and run between 25 to 40 feet down for rainbow trout to 15 1/2 inches hitting 2-inch shad patterned Needlefish. Find some deep water for drop-shot bass because it’s been windy.
It’s now launch-able for small boats and S-Wavers produced smallies off the rock piles.
The kokes are on fire and easy limits have been possible although the bass are not biting. Use pink Apexs and spinner blades in pink and orange, tipped with Toupee corn or a green bug with a spinner with corn behind Sling Blades for kokes.
A catfish plant of 500 pounds was released within the past week, and bass fishing is best with plastics off of rocky points. Crappie action has been solid with live minnows near structure. The remaining trout are holding in deeper water, but the planted rainbows can be taken on trout dough bait or nightcrawlers. The first Carp Spear and Bow Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 18, with a $10 entry fee which includes launch fee, park entry fee, and fishing fee. There is a side pot of $10 for the largest carp brought to the scales. Information on the upcoming derby is available at www.lakeamador.com or 209-274-4739.
Trout are still available for trollers working the deepest portion of the lake near the dam, and the rainbows are surprisingly high in the water column with shad-patterned spoons or grubs. Crappie are holding in the submerged trees at 20 feet of depth near Hat Island. The bass bite is best in the mornings with crawdad-patterned crankbaits before switching to Pro Worms with a purple blood line by mid-morning. Catfishing is best in the shallows chicken livers, nightcrawlers, or anchovies are the top baits. The new ADA walkway at the South Shore is nearly completed, and the boat rental dock and two of the courtesy docks have moved over with the covered berth also to be moved this week.
The rainbows are high in the water column with cool inflow from the river arm bringing up the thermocline. Blade/’crawler combinations on sideplaners should be effective for rainbows while kokanee to 15 inches are taken on hoochies or spinners at depths from 50 to 60 feet. Finding the shad schools is the key to locating the rainbows. Bass fishing is best in the morning with topwater lures before dropping to the bottom with plastics on the Texas rig or drop-shot. All three launch ramps are open with the lake at 77% of capacity.
The lake rose to 60% of capacity this week, and bass fishing remains the top draw to the lake. There is topwater bite in the morning before dropping to the bottom with plastics or jigs by mid-morning. There were five gold tagged trout released into the lake, but none have been reported as of yet. These rainbows are worth $250 if caught by Dec. 31. The McClure Point and Barrett Cove South launch ramps are open with the Barrett Cove North ramp under construction. The Bagby and Horseshoe Bend ramps remain closed, and they will most likely be closed for the rest of the season.
The lack of trout plants over the past three weeks has led to slow action at the normal spots. Three of the gold-tagged trout have been landed, leaving two remaining in the lake. These rainbows are worth $250 if returned by Dec. 31.
The kokanee have moved into the main lake, and they are higher in the water column than anticipated. Patience and a willingness to try different gear is the key to success. Bass fishing is best along steep canyon walls in the river arm with topwater lures or Senkos. Catfish are found throughout the lake with the best action in Stoney Creek or around the spillway. The lake has become the top kokanee reservoir in the Mother Lode, and three major tournaments are scheduled during the summer.
Impressive numbers of striped bass are taken on anchovies or frozen shad on a harness for trollers. The lake is relatively high compared to past years at 40% of capacity, but water releases down the Calaveras River have started.
Big kokanee are here for the taking, and although the action isn’t red hot, landlocked salmon to 16 inches are possible with RMT or Uncle Larry’s Spinners behind a large blade or micro hoochies behind a small blade. The trout action has improved with shad-patterned spoons in the main river arm. The rainbows are higher in the water column than anticipated. Bass fishing is best in the mornings with topwater lures on occasion before dropping to the mid range or bottom with small swimbaits or plastics. Catfishing is very good with frozen shad, mackerel, nightcrawlers, or chicken livers. Crappie action has slowed. The lake rose nearly 3 feet to 27% of capacity.
SIERRA LAKES AND RIVERS
The lake is at 72.4-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported small boats could launch now, and trollers and shore anglers were picking up some nice holdover rainbows.
The lake is at 95.3-percent capacity. Drew Meteer at Caples Lake Resort reported the fishing overall was slow, but Tiffany Lambert of Minden, Nev., caught a 6-pound rainbow off the dam using floating dough bait.
CARSON RIVER (East, West)
The West Carson is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week. Alpine County will stock 1,800 pounds of rainbows this week. Most will go into the East Carson and West Carson with some put in Markleeville Creek and Silver Creek. Todd Sodaro at Todd’s Bait and Tackle at the Creekside Lodge reported the East Carson was clearing, the West Carson and Markleeville Creek were clear, and Silver Creek was still murky, but all should be better with reduced flows and increased clarity by the weekend.
The lake is at 67-percent capacity and was stocked by the DFW this past week. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported the trout bite was still slow but his last trip in the late afternoon produced 3 rainbows in the 3-pound class trolling red-dot frog Needlefish at 6 feet deep north of the island. Shore fishermen were scoring a few fish at Mallard Point by wading out and casting a long way to reach deeper water.
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Macks were hitting nightcrawlers and minnows caught from the lake along the north shore. Planter rainbows were hitting salmon eggs at the public piers and west end boat docks.
FEATHER RIVER CANYON
The North Fork at Belden was stocked by the DFW this past week. Mike Hanson at Caribou Crossroads Resort reported the DFW loaded the North Fork with 13- to 15-inch rainbows and everyone was catching limits using worms, crickets, and salmon eggs.
The lake is at 44-percent capacity. Ed Dillard at Dillard Guided Fishing reported trout trolling was excellent here. His last trip yielded 2 limits of 16- to 18-inch rainbows in just over 2 hours trolling metallic watermelon and red-dot frog Needlefish 18 to 20 feet deep 100 yards out from the Frenchman ramp.
GOLD LAKES BASIN
Mountain Hardware and Sports in Blairsden reported fishing was good at Upper Salmon Lake, but slow at Lower Sardine Lake. Gold Lake was producing a few nice macks to 8 pounds on flasher/worms near the 4X4 camp on the SW end of the lake.
ICE HOUSE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 96-percent capacity and scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.
INDIAN CREEK RESERVOIR
Alpine County stocked 1,800 pounds of rainbows in the lake this past weekend for a kids’ derby. The water temps were in the high 60s to low 70s so get out to deep water in front of the dam with a small boat or float tube for the best action.
JACKSON MEADOW RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98.7-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported the trout bite had slowed here due to the ant hatch. One boater reported topline trolling a dodger/’crawler all day to catch 5 fish.
JENKINSON LAKE (Sly Park)
The lake is full and spilling. Sly Park Resort reported shore anglers were catching planter rainbows all around the lake. Smallmouth bass were still hitting on the points and rock banks. Recreational boat traffic was increasing, so most anglers were moving up into the Narrows where skiing wasn’t allowed and the water stays clearer.
The lake is at 97-percent capacity and is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.
The lake is at 68.8-percent capacity. Mountain Hardware and Sports reported fishing was slow for both trout and smallmouth bass.
Crosby’s Lodge weighed one fish this past week but it was a good one - a 17-pound, 7.2-ounce cutthroat caught by Carl Warman of Gresham, Ore., on a green Lyman at Warrior Point. George Molino at Cutthroat Charters reported his last trip produced a 7 1/2 pounder and 3 slot keepers for 4 anglers. They released two 22 1/2 inchers, too. He was trolling Apex at 70 feet deep at Spider Point.
Caples Lake Resort reported some small cutthroats were being caught off the dam on worms.
The lake is at 98.5-percent capacity. The lake really needs a DFW plant to get the ball rolling.
The lake is at 46-percent capacity. Tight Lines Guide Service did well on 13- to 14-inch and 15- to 16-inch kokanee trolling Dick Nite and Sockeye Slammer spoons on the bottom in 30 to 50 feet of water in the Sagehen arm.
Heavy flows from the West Walker River had boosted the lake level to 90-percent and rising. Trollers were catching limits of 14- to 16-inch rainbows on flasher/nightcrawlers at 25 feet deep. Shore anglers did fine with nightcrawlers.
The main river was high and muddy from Floriston to Stateline. Through Glenshire and Hirshdale, yellow sallies and PMD patterns were working. Look for the green drake hatch to develop soon.
UNION VALLEY RESERVOIR
The lake is at 98-percent capacity. Look for kokanee at the powerhouse at 20 to 30 feet deep on chrome or watermelon Wild Thing dodger and red or orange hoochies.
WEST WALKER RIVER
The Little Walker River and West Walker at Pickel Meadows and the Canyon are scheduled for DFW trout plants this week. Pam Hamic at the West Walker Motel reported the flows were still high in the West Walker and the clarity was “murky to the green side”. Anglers were catching some fish in the more protected pools and eddies. Flows in the Little Walker were high but clear and fishing was good.
Smallmouth bass are abundant along the rocky banks in the northern stretch of the Delta, and crawdad-patterned crankbaits, live minnows, or wacky-rigged Senkos are working best. The majority of bass are small, but there is the occasional small to 17 inches taken. Stripers are straggling down from the northern rivers, and the spawned out fish can be taken on pile worms, blood worms, sardines, or anchovies. American shad are still running up the river with the late run arriving in the American, and shad grubs on the drop-shot are effective. Sturgeon fishermen have taken a hiatus for the summer months, so there are few reports of success.
SAN JOAQUIN DELTA
Specialty bass tournaments are on the schedule for the coming months in the San Joaquin-Delta, and the Yamamoto Big Bass Challenge produced largemouths to 9.51 pounds exclusively on Yamamoto baits. The cooler weather has allowed for s solid topwater bite with the ima Little Stick with the Heli P propbait or Rock’N Vibe also working. Numbers can be taken on crawdad-imitation plastics flipped against rocks or weeds. Striper fishing has slowed, but a few keepers can be taken with the best action on small live bluegill. The panfish are found in the sloughs with wax worms or jumbo red worms.
Bass fishing has been good despite heavy boat traffic. The fish are in their post-spawn pattern and are holding in deeper water along the main body. Drop-shot rigs with 3- and 4-inch plastics imitating pond smelt are working well. There has been a topwater bite at first light. The lake dropped another foot last week from 451 feet to 450 feet. Salmon and trout fishing remains slow. Bank anglers are using live minnows with slip bobbers to catch bass as well as some catfish.
RANCHO SECO LAKE
Trout fishing has been fair to good. Kastmasters and Power Bait both have been taking limits.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Dunsmuir
Flows on Sunday at the Delta gauge were 382 cfs. Conditions are now prime for trout fishing. Bait anglers are doing well around Dunsmuir, where small spinners such as Rooster Tails also are working well. The river has been planted by the Department of Fish and Wildlife and soon will receive more stockings by the city of Dunsmuir. Afternoon bug hatches are keep fly anglers happy.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Redding to Red Bluff
Fishing is now closed from Keswick Dam to the Highway 44 bridge, a 5.5-mile stretch. From the Highway 44 bridge to Anderson, fishing for wild rainbow trout has been good. Flows at Kewsick Dam held steady around 8,050 cfs last week. Anglers are launching at the Posse Grounds. The carp spawn is over, and the matching beads are now less effective. Salmon roe is working well, as are a variety of Glo-Bugs. With hot weather, dry flies and nymphs also are getting action, as well as tiny plugs. Many trout have already spawned and are now feeding heavily. The area just below the Highway 44 bridge has been crowded, but pressure eases downstream toward Anderson. Salmon season opens Aug. 1 below Anderson.
SACRAMENTO RIVER, Red Bluff to Colusa
A few shaker stripers are being caught near Colusa, with minnows or pile worms still working. Shad fishing has wound down. Salmon season opens July 16.
The Silver Fork was stocked by the DFW this past week near the campground. Sly Park Resort reported fishing was good near the bridges.
The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported small 8- to 11-inch kokanee were hitting dodger/hoochies in Willow Creek. The fish should be bigger by July. Bass were still hitting on the points. Weekend recreational boat traffic was heavy and fishermen were better off going out mid-week.
CAMP FAR WEST
The lake is at 86-percent capacity. Bass fishing was fair in the Bear River arm. Ron Franks of Folsom caught 28 bass on lizards and craws at 15 feet deep in 74- to 78-degree water. Weekend recreational boat and jetski traffic was crazy, so fish during the week.
The lake is 3 feet from full. Trollers were doing better than the shore anglers for trout with the warmer temps driving the fish into deeper water. The top rainbows were caught trolling by lady anglers Alison Moore of Lincoln who netted a 6 1/4-pound rainbow on a Kastmaster, and Tese Planeta of Minden, Nev., who caught a 6 pounder on a trolling fly. Dennis Gray of Sacramento topped the board for the week with a 13 1/4-pound catfish caught at his campsite on chicken livers. The docks were producing big numbers of crappie.
The lake is at 93-percent capacity. WON Staffer Pat Young fished for bass here with Bruce Gibson from the Paradise Tackle Company. Bass were hitting flukes fished in the weed beds and downed trees. Fish over 6 pounds were seen cruising in the weeds. Trout trollers were catching fish near the bottom on nightcrawlers in 20 to 30 feet of water in the “No Ski” zone.
FRENCH MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is at 89-percent capacity. The campgrounds and boat ramps were open and fishing should be good.
The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week.
HELL HOLE RESERVOIR
The lake is at 91.5-percent capacity. The Georgetown Ranger Station reported trollers were picking up kokanee near the powerhouse on dodger/hoochies at 35 feet deep.
The lake is at 92-percent capacity. Bass and king salmon were hitting for boaters. Guide Ron Gandolfi reported bass were still hitting softly on points and walls. Drop-shot and darthead worms, tubes, Keitech swimbaits, and Senkos were working at 10 to 25 feet deep. Brett Brady at Bare Bones Guide Service reported his trips were producing 25 to 40 kings per day trolling 30 to 70 feet deep near the dam using dodgers and hoochies. The kings averaged 14 to 15 inches with a few 20 to 22 inchers to 4 pounds.
The lake is at 96.2-percent capacity. Ryan Drake at NID reported bass fishing was good on the points using drop-shot and darthead worms. Trout fishing was slow. All the marinas were open for the season with Long Ravine Resort having the only gas dock on the lake.
SCOTTS FLAT LAKE
The lake is at 97.4-percent capacity. Scotts Flat Marina reported fishing for trout was slow. Try the submerged trees for bass and panfish.
SUGAR PINE RESERVOIR
The lake is scheduled for a DFW trout plant this week - finally.
STUMPY MEADOWS RESERVOIR
The lake is full. Shore fishing was slow, but trollers were still picking up a few rainbows and browns. The lake needs another DFW plant.
The lake was at 132.3-foot elevation at press time - 70.5-percent capacity. The DWR dropped the lake 3 feet this past week and the inflowing water had the water temp at 61 degrees - an almost 20-degree drop. Bass fishing was slow with the colder temps, but fish to 5 pounds were hitting worms, Senkos, flukes, and jigs on mud banks with grass beds, and tule banks. Richard Rose from the Paradise Tackle Company caught his personal best, a 5.03-pound largemouth bass, on a fluke cast to a mud bank on the south side of the lake in 8 to 10 feet of water.
Berkeley boats Happy Hooker and California Dawn tore into the bass with steady limits of 2 bass apiece, along with good counts of halibut up to 34 pounds. Berkeley Charter Boats enjoyed some good salmon battles until late in the week when the fish scattered.
Awesome fishing for lingcod and rockfish kept New Sea Angler busy all week. Tomales Bay was good for halibut near Hog Island and the size of the fish suggested spawning activity. Striped bass mixed in with surf perch at Dillon Beach and some good weather made surf fishing delightful.
New Huck Finn maintained her hectic schedule, making Bay runs for halibut and striped bass, scoring nicely each time she went out with Capt. Joe Yokomizo at the helm.
Eureka anglers made some long runs for lingcod and rockfish in the fabled waters off of Cape Mendocino. With Pacific halibut on and salmon off in this flip-flop season, attention turned to the big flatties and fish to over 69 pounds were hauled over boat rails on Scrimshaw, Reel Steel and Shellback.
Shore fishing was quite good at MacKerricher, Mendocino Headlands, Old Mill and Noyo Jetty. Telstar worked on lingcod, rockfish and crab. Seahawk picked up a half-dozen salmon early in the week.
HALF MOON BAY
Queen of Hearts and Riptide ran for rockfish and lingcod at points south, joined by Huli Cat and all boats found easy pickings on the bottomfish with some days when talented anglers could hammer the lingcod and drive up the boat counts nicely by using jigs and swimbaits.
Flash II went after bass and halibut on Saturday, however trips earlier in the week were successful shark hunts in South Bay. Lovely Martha mixed things up with trips outside for lingcod and rockfish or trips inside for halibut and bass. Wacky Jacky caught salmon early in the week when salmon fishing was good. On Sunday the boat made a half-day run to Paradise for halibut and bass.